Builder Tips: Avoiding clutter in your new home

Live within your space

What “live within your space” means is this: Let the size of your home dictate how much stuff you have, and not the other way around. If your closet is bursting at the seams, instead of dreaming of a bigger closet, why not try paring down your clothes to fit the space you have?

Purge before you move, then purge monthly (or at least quarterly)

Before you move into your dream home – heck, even when you’re in the planning stages, take a good long look around. Take an inventory of what you have, how often you add to it, and take a one-thing-in-one-thing-out approach. Even if you get to a point where you have only as many things as will comfortably fit into your space, stuff has a way of accumulating. So set aside a time, a few times a year, to go through your things and get rid of the ones you don’t use anymore. You’ll feel so much lighter, and your home will thank you.

Have a place for everything

A place for everything, and everything in its place. It’s a cliche for a reason, and still some of the best organizing advice out there. If you have lots of things in limbo on tables, countertops, or the floor and are struggling to find places for them, you need more places. Set up an area for catch-alls, like a  clear plastic shoe boxes or a filing cabinet or maybe just a console with lots and lots of drawers can come in handy. Which leads us to…

Keep a junk drawer (or even a junk room)

Every household has those little things — pens, tape, twist ties, extension cords whatnot — that get used a lot but don’t really have any logical place to go. Instead of agonizing over finding a home for every little thing, keep a junk drawer. The last few little bits of clutter get swept in there, and you’re done.

Include a landing strip at the entry way

Even if you’re conscientious about what you buy, it’s easy for clutter to sneak its way into your home in the form of junk mail, freebies, kids stuff, what have you. That’s why setting up an intentional landing strip by the front door is so brilliant: Clutter has to come into your home somewhere, and you can stop it right at the source. A landing strip gives you one place to tidy – that’s NOT the kitchen island!

Get the whole family on board

If your efforts are being hampered by a family member (or maybe you’re the only one on board with the clutter free life), it’s time to have a family meeting. Explaining the simple rules to live by and talking up the benefits of your newfound organization (Ex: think how easy the mornings will be!) Will have the whole family ready to pull their weight, purge their stuff, and keep your home clutter-free.

Also, remember that nobody is perfect, and nobody’s home is perfect. Even the homes you see in the magazines aren’t perfect — it took a whole team of stylists to make them that way. So if you have an off week, or two weeks, or month, and suddenly your house is a disaster, don’t panic. It’s never too late to forgive yourself and try again.

New (and not so new) Trends in Homebuilding for 2020 and Beyond

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Number 1: Sustainable, environmentally friendly

Not surprisingly, environmentally friendly features are coming into the mainstream of modern home design and construction in the 2020s. A focus on quality materials and above-code building standards is a marked difference from the trends of the past few years. Another big buzzword for 2020 is indoor environmental quality (IEQ) which considers occupant health, comfort, and productivity by maximizing proper ventilation and moisture control, acoustics and healthy air. 

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Number 2: Open Concept

Another long-term trend that shows no sign of slowing down is the open floor plan. Families today prefer a home design that is less closed off and more open and focused on a combination of function and flow. In fact, open concepts now often include most of the first floor, only leaving storage or auxiliary rooms closed off. 

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Number 3: Quiet Spaces

Despite the desire for more open spaces for the family to gather, another residential building trend in 2020 are intentional, planned quiet spaces. Home offices have been a major design feature for many years, but quiet spaces are going one step further. Home quiet spaces aren’t just devoid of noise, they’re also pleasing to the eye with soothing white or cream coloured walls, large windows to catch natural light, and minimal furniture.

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Number 4: Custom Extras

Homebuilders across the country are adding design features and custom unique design options as they seek to create more than just another “house on the block.” A strong focus on creating lifestyle solutions and creative touches started a few years ago and haven’t slowed down.

From specialty storage to “hidden” rooms, pet-specific design features to multi-use spaces, homeowners are pushing the envelope when thinking about how their home will work best for them.

Watch a Build Take Shape!

Every home we build, from initial consultation to final walk-through, is created with your family, your lifestyle, and your needs in mind. We pride ourselves in guiding our clients through every step of the process, demystifying and managing the build for you, so you can rest easy knowing your dream home is in good hands.

10 Questions to Ask Your Home Builder

Building a home is exciting…and daunting! Choosing the right home builder for you and your family is the first step to realizing your dream with minimal stress, and maximum enjoyment. Questions to ask your new home builder:
  1. How many years have you been in business? How many homes have you built?
  2. What is your level of designation?
  3. Can you give me references from prior home buyers? 
  4. What are the major energy-saving features of homes you build?
  5. Do you build only from home plans you supply? 
  6. What standard features do your homes include? What options and upgrades can I select?
  7. Who will oversee the construction of my home? Who should I contact with any questions I may have?
  8. How and when can I make changes or upgrades before and during construction?
  9. How and when will the final price for my home be determined?
  10. How often (and when) will I have access to the home during the building process?
We are here to answer all of these questions and more! Drop us a line or give us a call today and we’ll start building your dream together!